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Josh Morrell, Paulo AlmeidaThe Abbey of the Genesee (USA 2005) (2005)

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Presented at Globians Film Festival 2005: The Abbey of the Genesee is a short film from the perspective of the Trappists Monks of the Abbey of the Genesee, in Piffard, NY. The Abbey of the Genesee is a community of contemplative monks belonging to the world-wide Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (O.C.S.O.) more commonly known as Trappists. As described in their Constitutions the community belongs to "...a monastic institute wholly ordered to contemplation. The monks dedicate themselves to the worship of God in a hidden life within the monastery under the Rule of St. Benedict. They lead a monastic way of life in solitude and silence, in assiduous prayer and joyful penitence..." -- We take a brief look into the monastic life style, focusing on three major themes: Labor, Lectio Divina (divine reading) and Prayer. We are also able to observe the monks go about their daily life. Also how they serve each other and the athmosphere that the monastery has. The monks tell their own story, with personal reflections on how the monks serve God and their community in search for God alone.

This movie is part of the collection: Globians Film Festival

Director: Josh Morrell, Paulo Almeida
Producer: Josh Morrell, Paulo Almeida
Production Company: PaJo Productions
Audio/Visual: sound, color
Language: English
Keywords: Globians world and culture documentary archive; Globians Film Festival 2005; Globians; documentary; religion; catholic church; monastery; monks; monastic; monastery life; Piffard, NY, USA; trappist; god; christ; lord; psalm; solitude; Lectio Divina; Cistercians; Cistercians of the Strict Observance
Contact Information: This film work is under copyright. Copyright by Josh Morrell and Paulo Almeida. All rights reserved. The download of this movie for private use only is allowed, however not for any educational or academic purpose, public screenings and any other commercial use of this work. Schools, academies, universities and other media archives also need to license if they want to use this work for educational purposes or as part of their film collection or in their libraries. Please contact Paulo Almeida at PaJo Production, 11304 Plantation Lakes Circle, Sanford, Florida 32771, USA, tel. +1 407 322-2882, email almeida05 [at] or Josh Morrell joshmorrell [at] -- "Globians" is a registered trade and service mark of Polzer Media Group GmbH Germany (

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Reviewer: elizabethmcn - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - June 22, 2013
Subject: Beautiful.
Thank you!
Reviewer: stebunn - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - September 16, 2010
Subject: A very nicely made documentary.
One thing that sticks in my mind is the Monk's description of the monastery as being "sometimes Eden and sometimes battleground." A rather provocative statement to end on.
Reviewer: Tom Kelly - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - April 17, 2006
Subject: An insight into the peacefulness of monks
If you want to experience a glimpse of what it is like to be in a monastery, view this movie, The Abbey of the Genesee. The background sound of the monks singing and chanting gives a sense of the peacefulness of the place and the monks who live there. The scenes of the monastery and its grounds, especially of the deer, make real the serenity of this tranquil environment. The commentaries by the monks make clear the meaning of the monks' life -- to grow close to God and to help others grow close to God. Although, as it is explained, a monk's life is to grow close to God alone, they do this in community. As one monk says, it is not for himself alone but for others, and as another says, this is the environment that best suits these men in their quest for God. What is so revealing about this movie also is that, although these men are steeped in prayer, they acknowledge that prayer is not easy, and they stress the importance and prayerfulness of ordinary work. You come away from this movie, as you might from the monastery itself, assured that ordinary lives, inside or outside the monastery, are routes for achieving closeness to God.

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